When it comes to loving food, probably no place on earth can rival the Disneyland Resort for the number and variety of places to eat in such a relatively small place. Throughout the Disneyland Resort, which consists of Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, and Downtown Disney as well as the three Disney hotels, you have every kind of restaurant and food vendor available.
They range from sidewalk vendors, kiosks, and fast food to cafeterias to quick service restaurants to table service restaurants. In this article and slideshow, you will find three table service restaurants, six quick service restaurants, and one cafeteria.
Table service restaurants
Ariel’s Grotto is another Disney California Adventure full service restaurant. It offers the opportunity to have your picture taken with Ariel and the other Disney princesses. Dorothy and I enjoyed dining there before I started writing reviews so I only recall that we enjoyed the experience. They now serve 3-course prix fixe meal. It is one of the pricier dining options in the park.
You can get your World of Color Dining Package at Ariel’s Grotto too. You will be awed by this incredible 25-minute nighttime spectacular show as it weaves water, color, fire and light.
Carthay Circle Restaurant
The third table service restaurant in Disney California Adventure is the Carthay Circle Restaurant with its movie palace exterior. It offers casual fine dining with a lounge on the ground floor level. You can read my restaurant review “Carthay Circle Restaurant’s classic movie palace features casual fine dining,” for usedview.com.
Carthay Circle has elegant dishes. The flavor and presentation were wonderful, though we felt the portions were more attractive than filling. It too has higher prices than most restaurants in Disney California Adventure. Disney lists it as $30 to $59.99 per adult.
Wine Country Trattoria
A table service restaurant, Wine Country Trattoria serves patrons both on the patio and inside. The patio is on a terrace that overlooks the main traffic flowing past Bugs Land and Cars Land to the Pacific Wharf and Boardwalk. On a beautiful day in Southern California, the patio provides a dream setting complete with the sights and sounds of a fountain on the terrace. The Tuscan villa style architecture is reminiscent of California’s Napa Valley.
It is a family restaurant serving Californian cuisine and Mediterranean cuisine plus wine. You can find the full review, “Wine Country Trattoria brings Napa to California Adventure,” from May 16, 2011. (See recommended articles at the end of this.) This restaurant is one of those offering FASTPASS’s to a special viewing section for World of Color.
Quick service restaurants
Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill
Cocina Cucamonga is one of the choices for dining in Disney California Adventure’s Pacific Wharf area. It is quick service restaurant offering full meals or ‘platos’ and outdoor seating. The Mexican plates come with rice, beans, pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream, or substitute sautéed vegetables. Your entre choices are fire-grilled citrus chicken, savory carne asada and chicken tamales.
Pacific Wharf Café
The Pacific Wharf Café is part of the Boudin bakery. It has quick service restaurant offering soup in sourdough bread bowls and salads plus outdoor seating. We love Boudin’s sourdough bread, often referring to it as San Francisco sourdough as that is where it became famous.
Paradise Garden Grill
You will find quick service at the Paradise Garden Grill restaurant, which serves Mediterranean full meals. You can enjoy live music while dining in the Paradise Garden Bandstand’s outdoor seating. See my previous review of this restaurant, “Paradise Garden Grill brings Mediterranean cuisine to Disneyland Resort” in the Anaheim edition of usedview.com.
Nostalgic Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café
Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café is a quick service restaurant with indoor seating. It has the only Starbucks in in Disney California Adventure. At the time of my review, “Nostalgic Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café” offered a choice of freshly prepared sandwiches in addition to the pastries you will find in other Starbucks. They recently changed to ready made sandwiches.
Flo’s V8 Café
Part of the fun Cars Land in Disney California Adventure, Flo’s V8 Café is a counter service, diner style restaurant with indoor booths and outdoor seating. You’ll find a link below to my previous review, “Flo’s V8 Café brings a taste of Route 66 diners to California Adventure.”
Lucky Fortune Cookery
You will find Lucky Fortune Cookery in the Pacific Wharf area of Disney California Adventure. It is a quick service restaurant with outdoor seating. You can order rice bowls, fresh mango slices, and edamame.
Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta
While the Disneyland Resort lists Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta as quick service, it is the only cafeteria style restaurant in this list. It offers selections of pizza, pasta and salads with outdoor seating also at the Paradise Garden Bandstand.
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Disney California Adventure restaurants website
- Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802: 0.5 to 1.0 mile depending on direction whether coming from or going to
- Disneyland, Anaheim, CA: 0 miles though probably a 0.5 mile walk to Disneyland’s entrance.
Disney California Adventure restaurant menus
Table service restaurants
- Ariel’s Grotto menu
- Carthay Circle Restaurant
- Wine Country Trattoria
- Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill
- Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café
- Flo’s V8 Café
- Lucky Fortune Cookery
- Pacific Wharf Café
- Paradise Garden Grill
- Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta
- Breakfast – Most of these restaurants don’t serve breakfast – Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Café, Flo’s V-8 Café, and Pacific Wharf Café are open for breakfast. The page for Ariel’s Grotto indicates it is too.
- Varies by restaurant
- Casual dining